curse word


Definition of curse word

: a profane or obscene oath or word : curse, swear word Eisenhower could swear as eloquently as most sergeants, but he went easy on the curse words in mixed company.— Stephen E. Ambrose

Examples of curse word in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the middle of its legal battle, the company fired the employee who initially called the union, for using a curse word in a private meeting with his district manager. Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2021 As the story goes at El Charro, founder Monica Flin accidentally dropped a burrito into the fryer one day and began to mutter a famous Mexican curse word. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 12 Sep. 2021 There was something about hearing your elderly uncle on television whip out this curse word that was very entertaining. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 12 Aug. 2021 Gabe Nir reacted by shouting a curse word, the shock clear in his voice. Washington Post, 15 July 2021 Most people in Pope’s position would’ve just driven away, maybe rolling down the window to shout a curse word or two in the process, but still following some internet elder’s sage advice to not feed the trolls. Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2021 Arizona women's basketball coach Adia Barnes made waves after her team's 69-59 win over UConn in the women's Final Four on Friday night when she was caught on camera using two middle fingers and appearing to utter a curse word. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 3 Apr. 2021 After all, what is going on across the globe is cause for a curse word here or there. Danielle Campoamor, Woman's Day, 26 Aug. 2020 Some crossed out Trump’s name, others drew male genitals or wrote various curse words. Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of curse word

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of curse word was in 1870

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13 Jan 2022

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“Curse word.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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